Pure Rock Newswire 01/15/04

By CrpnDeth, Staff Photographer/Writer
Thursday, January 15, 2004 @ 5:30 PM

A Summary Of News, Rumors And

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The votes are in and have been tallied up. Zakk Wylde sweeps two categories in Guitar World Magazine's 2004 Reader's Poll. For two years straight, Zakk Wylde has been recognized as the MVP of the year by the fans. This is the highest honor on the annual poll. “It’s definitely an honor to be chosen as Guitar World's MVP for the second year in a row,” states Wylde.

Blabbermouth.net has reported that Sanctuary Visual Entertainment will be issuing Dokken's live DVD, titled Dokken: Japan Live '95, on Monday February 16th, 2004.

Originally filmed at Tokyo's Kosei Nenkin Hall on March 2nd, 1995, this live rock concert experience features the original Dokken lineup consisting of Don Dokken (vocals, guitar), George Lynch (lead guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals) and "Wild" Mick Brown (drums, vocals). Their performance is presented here in Letterbox 16:9 Widescreen with DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo audio options.

Bonus features include a previously unreleased acoustic version of Dream Warriors, a vintage 1999 live performance of Paris Is Burning that utilizes split-screen cinematography, Live From The Sun movie trailer, plus an exclusive photo gallery that includes 33 color band photographs of concert images and studio portraits.

Dokken: Japan Live '95 track listing:

01. Tooth And Nail
02. When Heaven Comes Down
03. Into The Fire
04. Kiss Of Death
05. Shadows of Life
06. The Maze
07. Long Way Home
08. Breaking The Chains
09. Unchain The Night
10. Nothing Left To Say
11. I Will Remember
12. Alone Again
13. Mr. Scary
14. It's Not Love
15. Paris Is Burning
16. In My Dreams

Joe Satriani's official web site, www.satriani.com, is reporting that the forthcoming G3 2003 DVD will be released in February 2004. The DVD was recorded during the October 20th show at Denver, Colorado and the October 21st show at Kansas City, Missouri on the G3 2003 tour and features performances by Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen.

David Holland, 55, who played with the heavy metal band Judas Priest in the 70s and 80s, faces one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecently assaulting a 17-year-old youth with special needs who visited his home for lessons.  Maria Savvides, prosecuting at Northampton Crown Court, said the alleged incidents came to light in December 2002 when the teenager sent a letter to his parents implying the abuse.  The boy's parents had encouraged the drumming lessons to improve their son's self-esteem.  As the relationship between teacher and pupil grew, they had allowed their son to stay over at his home on a number of occasions.  "The letter revealed that things were happening at his drum teacher's house that should not have been happening," Miss Savvides told the court.

Stratovarius has announced a brand-new vocalist Katriina Wiiala (a.k.a. Miss K) and states that she has spent the last four years fronting a "melodic hard rock" band called Aurora K, with whom she performed a number of gigs in addition to recording a two-song single, titled 11th Hour.

Damageplan, the new band featuring former Pantera members Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, will be hosting MTV2's Headbanger's Ball on Saturday, January 24th  at 10:00 p.m. EST. The group's video for Breathing New Life has been named the Headbanger's Ball "Bang of the Week"

Queensryche will be issuing a DVD, titled The Art of Live, on March 24th. The disc will contain "live and backstage footage and some special extras.", per the band's website www.queensryche.com


  • The recent internet reports that Slayer was going to play a gig in Arizona have been confirmed as totally untrue, per emails between Sanctuary Management and Blabbermount.net.  The rumors remain just wishful thinking.
  • Deicide have shot their first video, Scars of the Crucifix, which is the title track off their debut record on Earache Records.
  • The last hospitalized survivor of the Rhode Island nightclub fire last year has returned home to continue recovery, according to the Associated Press.
  • Aerosmith and Cheap Trick will be teaming up for a North American tour starting in April.
  • Anthrax's Scott Ian is engaged to longtime girlfriend Pearl Aday, the oldest daughter of Meatloaf.
  • World-renowned fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo, who took the photographs for the KISS album Dynasty, has died in New York at the age of 82, according to Reuters.
  • Former Fight members Brian Tilse and J.J. (guitar and bass respectively) have officially joined Lollipop Lust Kill.

From the Editor's desk...

KNAC.COM would like to congratulate our very own DJ (and soon-to-be-mother) Ravinder and her husband, bassist Jeff Pilson (Lynch/Pilson) on the announcement of their first child, due in July!

Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow is currently recording an album of his favorite cover tunes from the 1970's. "This album's a real labor of love," says DuBrow. "When Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records approached me about doing this, I already had the songs selected." The album will feature songs originally done by Humble Pie, Mott The Hoople and Silverhead just to name a few. The recording is being done at Field Of Dreams studios in Las Vegas, NV features Kevin DuBrow on vocals, Kevin Curry on guitar, German bassist Gunter Nezhoda and former Badlands/UFO drummer and Racer X vocalist Jeff Martin. The album is being engineered by former Great White member Michael Lardie, who also adds keyboards to the album. The album is being produced by Kevin DuBrow and Micheal Lardie and will be released on Shrapnel Records sometime early 2004.

Chimaira has replaced drummer Andy Herrick with Richard Evensand of Soilwork.

The Murderdolls have a couple of gigs forthcoming:

01/15/04 Hollywood, CA Key Club
01/17/04 Corona, CA Showcase Theater

Additionally, vocalist Wednesday 13 has confirmed the following solo dates, with more to be announced:

01/30/04 Rock Hill, SC
01/31/04 TBA, NC TBA

In other tour news, Supagroup hits the road again, releasing the following dates:

01/11/04 New Orleans, LA, El Matador
01/22/04 Houston, TX, Rudyard's
01/23/04 Austin, TX, Emos
01/24/04 Dallas, TX, Double Wide
01/29/04 Birmingham, AL, The Nick
01/30/04 Charlotte, NC, The Room
01/31/04 Atlanta, GA, Smith's Olde Bar
02/02/04 Athens, GA, 40 Watt
02/03/04 Savannah, GA, The Jinx
02/04/04 Jacksonville, FL, Jack Rabbits
02/05/04 Miami, FL, Churchill's
02/07/04 Tallahassee, FL, Beta Bar

Living Colour are slated to perform on Last Call With Carson Daly on January 28th.

Centinex will release their fifth full-length album, Decadence: Prophecies of Cosmic Chaos, on March 9th through Candlelight Records.

Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses 2 has been greenlighted by Lions Gate. Zombie recently told MTV that the film is “much darker and more serious. It's a gritty crime movie Badlands. There's nothing campy or wacky at all."


From the Editor's desk...

Legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) will be inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk on March 18th, 2004. Generally, the Rock Walk, which is located in front of the Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd., displays the handprints of its inductees. At this time, it isn’t clear exactly how Rhoads will be honored. Check out RockWalk.com for more info.

Interscope Records will release Unsung: The Best of Helmet (1991-1997) tentatively on January 27th and is said to include 21 tracks. Although the group officially split in 1999, vocalist/guitarist Paige Hamilton and guitarist Chris Traynor have plans to release new material through Interscope sometime in May or June. For more info, check out HelmetBand.com.

The Steve Morse Band will be releasing their second collection of inspirations in January called Major Impacts 2 through Magna Carta Records. The selections includes homages to such artists as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Aerosmith, The Yardbirds, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

In a recent interview with British newspaper The Observer, The Who’s Pete Townsend admitted he contemplated suicide over allegations of child pornography last January. "If I had had a gun, I would have shot myself… And if I had shot myself, it would have been fucking awful because it would have confirmed what everybody thought." Townsend was cleared of all charges, however was strongly reprimanded. He was forced to give a DNA sample and was put on Britain's sex offenders registry for five years.

Former Meat Puppets bassist/vocalist Cris Kirkwood was shot by a security guard outside of a post office in Phoenix, AZ after an argument with a woman over a parking spot. He remains hospitalized at this time.

Disturbed is currently auditioning bass players after last month’s departure of Fuzz. Demos, photos and contact info can be sent to:

4042 N. Pulaski
Chicago, IL 60641

Helloween has the following tour dates tentatively scheduled (be sure to check out Helloween.org for any updates):

01/15/04 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
01/16/04 Farmingdale, NY Downtown
01/17/04 Worchester, MA The Palladium
01/18/04 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx
01/20/04 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
01/22/04 Houston, TX Engine Room
01/23/04 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
01/24/04 Dallas, TX Trees
01/26/04 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
01/27/04 San Francisco, CA Slim's

Vocalist Mike Patton (Tomahawk, ex-Faith No More) will make his acting debut in the film Firecracker. Visit here for more info.

Black Label Society’s forthcoming album, Hangover Music, Vol. 1, will feature piano and acoustical selections, ala Alice in ChainsJar of Flies. The album is scheduled for release in March, 2004, through Spitfire Records.

Metallica will tour the US with Godsmack beginning in March, as previously reported. Metallica now announces that Slipknot will support their European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in May. Check out Metallica.com for the tour dates.

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